The Man in the High Castle

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547601204

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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“The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick’s career.” —New York Times It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award–winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake. Winner of the Hugo Award

The Man in the High Castle

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572484

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

View: 6274

In a classic work of alternate history, the United States is divided up and ruled by the Axis powers after the defeat of the Allies during World War II. Reissue. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

The Man in the High Castle

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780241246108


Page: 272

View: 8892

'All these hundreds of thousands in this city, here. Do they imagine that they live in a sane world? Or do they guess, glimpse, the truth . . . ? America, after the Second World War. The Allies have lost, and their enemies have conquered the world. Those who survive live in fear. The Nazis have taken over New York, while the Japanese control California. Yet in a neutral buffer zone between these two rival superpowers lives the author of an underground bestseller that, it is rumoured, offers an alternate version of history. Does 'reality' lie with him, or is his world just one among many others?

The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy

Subversive Reports from Another Reality

Author: Bruce Krajewski,Joshua Heter

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812699688

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 4422

The Man in the High Castle is an Amazon TV show, based on the Philip K. Dick novel, about an “alternate present” (beginning in the 1960s) in which Germany and Japan won World War II, with the former Western US occupied by Japan, the former Eastern US occupied by Nazi Germany, and a small “neutral zone” between them. A theme of the story is that in this alternative world there is eager speculation, fueled by the illicit newsreel, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, about how the world would have been different if America had won the war. In The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy, twenty-two professional thinkers look at philosophical issues raised by this ongoing enterprise in “alternative history.” One question is whether it really made a profound difference that the Allies won the war, and exactly what differences in everyday life we may expect to arise from an apparent historical turning point. Could it be that some dramatic historical events have only superficial consequences, while some unnoticed occurrences lead to catastrophic results? Another topic is the quest for truth in a world of government misinformation, and how dissenting organizations can make headway.

Critical Theory and Science Fiction

Author: Carl Freedman

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819574546

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

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Carl Freedman traces the fundamental and mostly unexamined relationships between the discourses of science fiction and critical theory, arguing that science fiction is (or ought to be) a privileged genre for critical theory. He asserts that it is no accident that the upsurge of academic interest in science fiction since the 1970s coincides with the heyday of literary theory, and that likewise science fiction is one of the most theoretically informed areas of the literary profession. Extended readings of novels by five of the most important modern science fiction authors illustrate the affinity between science fiction and critical theory, in each case concentrating on one major novel that resonates with concerns proper to critical theory. Freedman’s five readings are: Solaris: Stanislaw Lem and the Structure of Cognition; The Dispossessed: Ursula LeGuin and the Ambiguities of Utopia; The Two of Them: Joanna Russ and the Violence of Gender; Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand: Samuel Delany and the Dialectics of Difference; The Man in the High Castle: Philip K. Dick and the Construction of Realities.


Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572417

Category: Fiction

Page: 271

View: 8099

The first book in Philip K. Dick's final trilogy (followed by The Divine Invasion andThe Transmigration of Timothy Archer), VALIS encapsulates many of the themes that Dick was obsessed with over the course of his career. A disorienting and bleakly funny novel,VALIS (which stands for Vast Active Living Intelligence System) is about a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip Dick); the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser.VALIS is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime. Taking place in the same universe as Dick's soon-to-be-published Exegesis,VALIS is a dense novel, but one that is absolutely essential to understanding the author's off-kilter worldview. Much like Dick himself, the reader is left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and what the price is for divine inspiration.

Bring the Jubilee

What if the South Had Won the Civil War?

Author: Ward Moore

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504044630

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

View: 4158

What if the South Had Won the Civil War?The landmark alternate history novel by “one of the best American writers” (Ray Bradbury). In the world of this novel, said to be an inspiration for Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, the Confederacy has triumphed and become an imperialist nation. What is left of the United States has been drained of its resources and is trapped in a depression. Hodge, a young man living in a village in rural New York with his parents, decides to head to the city to escape his otherwise inevitable future of poverty and indentured servitude. But the specter of war between the Confederacy and the other great global power, the German Union, haunts the entire region, and a nationalist terrorist group has other plans for Hodge. Before long, he is swept up in the politics of the day and becomes involved with a beautiful physicist who is working on a machine intended to change his fate—and the fate of the world. Long before Harry Turtledove’s The Guns of the South, Bring the Jubilee was the first novel to pose the question “What if the South had won the Civil War?” A counterfactual classic, it was included in renowned science fiction editor David Pringle’s list of the 100 Best Science Fiction Novels. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ward Moore including rare images from the author’s estate.

Charlesgate Confidential

Author: Scott Von Doviak

Publisher: Titan Books (US, CA)

ISBN: 1785657186

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 8665

"CHARLESGATE CONFIDENTIAL is terrific" - Stephen King A breathtakingly clever, twist-filled narrative that moves from 1946 to 1988 to 2014 and back again, CHARLESGATE CONFIDENTIAL establishes Scott Von Doviak as a storyteller of the first order A group of criminals in 1946 pull off the heist of the century, stealing a dozen priceless works of art from a Boston museum. But while the thieves get caught, the art is never found. Forty years later, the last surviving thief gets out of jail and goes hunting for the loot, involving some innocent college students in his dangerous plan - and thirty years after that, in the present day, the former college kids, now all grown up, are drawn back into danger as the still-missing art tempts a deadly new generation of treasure hunters. A breathtakingly clever, twist-filled narrative that moves from 1946 to 1988 to 2014 and back again, CHARLESGATE CONFIDENTIAL establishes Scott Von Doviak as a storyteller of the first order, and will leave you guessing until the very last page.


Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572298

Category: FICTION

Page: 227

View: 9561

A dead man sends haunting warnings back from the grave, and Joe Chip must solve these mysteries to determine his own real or surreal existence.

To the high castle

Philip K. Dick, a life, 1928-1962

Author: Gregg Rickman

Publisher: Fragments West/Valentine


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 451

View: 3715


Voice of the Whirlwind

Author: Walter Jon Williams

Publisher: Walter Jon Williams

ISBN: 0983740860

Category: Fiction

Page: 398

View: 5766

Steward is a Beta— a clone. In his memories, he’s an elite commando for an orbital policorp— but because his Alpha never did a brain-scan update, Steward’s memories are fifteen years out of date . . . and in those fifteen years, everything has changed. An interstellar war destroyed the company that held his allegiance. His wife has divorced him, along with the second wife that he can’t even remember. Most of his comrades died in a useless battle on a world called Sheol, and those who survived are irrevocably scarred. An alien race has arrived and become the center of a complex and deadly intrigue. And someone has murdered him. “Fast-moving, hard-driving, with a robust well-handled plot . . . a stirring and heartening performance.” – Kirkus Reviews “Walter Jon Williams proves that he is a master of action, character and galaxy-spanning plots.” — Fantasy Review “A combination of fast action, gritty realism, and high-tech polytechnics that is certain to be popular with Williams’ growing audience.” –Booklist. “(Williams) is a master of the intricate yet fast-paced plot— the essence of thrillers and novels of political intrigue.” –Locus

Playing Tough

The World of Sports and Politics

Author: Roger I. Abrams

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1555537537

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 258

View: 1613

A history of the interplay of sports and politics around the world

The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick

Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679747877

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

View: 5106

Collects articles on science fiction and related topics, chapters from an unfinished novel, excerpts from journals, and other writings

The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick

A Summary, Analysis & Review

Author: Book*sense

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781522935087


Page: 54

View: 8282

The Man in the High Castle: by Philip K. Dick | Summary & AnalysisOne of the most prominent works of the writer's career and now a popular television series, Philip K. Dick's classic is an award-winning, gripping tale of alternative history in the finest dystopian tradition. Tightly written and densely packed, it exemplifies why Dick is regarded as one of the greats not only of genre fiction, but of literature.Philip K. Dick's classic work, depicts disparate events in an alternate history in which the Axis Powers won the Second World War and the United States has been largely partitioned between Japan and Germany. The novel follows several characters whose lives intersect only tangentially as they try to negotiate geopolitical tensions at the global and exceedingly local levels, working to move through a world still in turmoil even after fifteen years of dominion by ostensible allies, one that has peril for low and high alike. It offers readers a chilling glimpse of an alternate history, one in which the facts upon which the later twentieth century are fiction only.This companion includes the following:* Book Review* Story Setting Analysis* Story elements you may have missed as we decipher the novel* Summary of the text, with some analytical comments interspersed* Thought Provoking /or Discussion Questions for both Readers & Book Clubs* Discussion & Analysis of Themes, Symbols...* And Much More!This Analysis fills the gap, making you understand more while enhancing your reading experience.

Hand to Mouth

Living in Bootstrap America

Author: Linda Tirado

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0425277976

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 6531

Originally published in hardcover in 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

The Last Ship

Author: William Brinkley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0142181838

Category: Fiction

Page: 614

View: 1810

In the aftermath of nuclear war, the Navy destroyer "Nathan James" and its crew--including twenty-six women--searches the seas for a place where survival would be possible.

Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust

Author: Nathanael West

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811202152

Category: Fiction

Page: 185

View: 7712

Two short novels, one set in New York and the other in Hollywood, dramatically depict the extremes of the human condition and the destructive forces pervading modern American life.

The Impressionist

Author: Hari Kunzru

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101656131

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 9976

Pran Nath Razdan, the boy who will become the Impressionist, was passed off by his Indian mother as the child of her husband, a wealthy man of a high caste. Pran lived a life of luxury just downriver from the Taj Mahal, but at fifteen, the news of Pran’s true parentage is revealed to his father and he is tossed out into the street—a pariah and an outcast. Thus begins an extraordinary, near mythical journey of a young man who must reinvent himself to survive—not once, but many times. From Victorian India to Edwardian London, from an expatriate community of black Americans in Paris to a hopeless expedition to study a lost tribe of Africa, Hari Kunzru’s unforgettable debut novel dazzles with its artistry and wit while it challenges with its insights into what it means to be Indian or English, black or white, and every degree that lies between.

Assault with a Deadly Lie

A Nick Hoffman Novel of Suspense

Author: Lev Raphael

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 029930230X

Category: Fiction

Page: 177

View: 8191

Successful professor Nick Hoffman finds his secure, happy, college-town life changed forever after a nightmarish encounter with police. A novel of suspense set in the academic world, Assault with a Deadly Lie probes the disturbing psychological impact of slander, harassment, stalking, police brutality, and the loss of personal safety.